Ships hit by U-boats


British Motor tanker

The Alexia after conversion to the MAC ship HMS Alexia. Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

Type:Motor tanker
Tonnage8,016 tons
Completed1935 - Bremer Vulkan, Vegesack 
OwnerAnglo-Saxon Petroleum Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack10 Aug 1942Nationality:      British
FateDamaged by U-510 (Karl Neitzel)
Position16° 50'N, 60° 40'W - Grid ED 3927
Complement64 (0 dead and 64 survivors).
RouteGibraltar - Curaçao 
History At 04.27 hours on 2 Aug 1940, the Alexia in convoy OB-191 was torpedoed by U-99 (Kretschmer) in position 55°30N/15°30W (Grid AL 6616) and fell out of the convoy, where she was shelled by the same U-boat but did not sink. 
Notes on event

At 02.15 hours on 10 Aug 1942, U-510 fired torpedoes at the Alexia and observed three hits in sequence and thought after 10 minutes that the tanker had sunk, but the ship was again salved.

The badly damaged Alexia was acquired by the Royal Navy and converted to the auxiliary escort carrier HMS Alexia, commissioned in December 1943.
After the war, the ship was rebuilt for merchant service and renamed Ianthina in 1951. Sold for scrap in August 1954 at Blyth.

On boardWe have details of 11 people who were on board

Attack entries for Alexia

DateU-boatCommanderLoss typeTonsNat.
2 Aug 1940U-99Kptlt. Otto KretschmerDamaged8,016  
10 Aug 1942U-510KrvKpt. Karl NeitzelDamaged8,016  

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